Sorry about the radio silence. I’m on a quick trip out east for my mom’s birthday, and I thought for sure that I would have had time before now to send out an update, but clearly I thought wrong.
I haven’t been able to take any new pictures in the park, obviously, but I do have a couple of nice reader photos to share. Here’s one from my sister, Deb, a veterinarian in Connecticut. Someone brought a bird into her clinic that had been caught in a glue trap, and Deb managed to get it loose and cleaned the goo off its toes with the same stuff she uses to clean the goo left over from bandages off the toes of pets.
Our best guess is that this unlucky/very lucky little cutie is a Carolina wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus). Deb confirms that “the edges of his wings were checkered,” and reports that when released “he just flew off.” We’re all hoping it recovers fully from this traumatic experience.
Meanwhile, my sister-in-law, Mary, sent me this image of a ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus) she spotted in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. I have no further information at this time.
Just to round out the set, here’s a nice junco from back on October 30, 2021.
And here’s a chickadee from October 2, 2021.
I won’t be able to get back into Estabrook again until Wednesday, December 8, but I’ll do my best to have something to share with you before then.